thu 06/08/2020

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Gavin Dixon
Thursday, 06 August 2020
Barrie Kosky’s production of Moses und Aron was staged at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Schoenberg’s opera is...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 06 August 2020
After a weeklong hiatus due to an absence of noteworthy material, this column is back heralding the return, as well, of something resembling live theatre. Okay, so the Simon...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 06 August 2020
Seth Rogen offers up double the laughs by taking on both lead roles in a time-hopping, Rip-Van-Winkle screwball comedy, but with an oddly mixed conservative message...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 06 August 2020
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again, except somebody had renamed it The House at Knockdara. This was the title of the first novel by Michael Callaghan, Cambridge...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 06 August 2020
Belgian filmmaking duo the Dardenne Brothers have long been darlings of Cannes Film Festival, winning awards for hardhitting dramas like La Promesse, Le Silence de Lorna and The...
Joe Muggs
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
When does the avant-garde become folk? Both of the participants in this album have certainly been on the very cutting edge of sound-making, on multiple occasions. Conrad...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Diarist, novelist and writer of erotica Anaïs Nin lived a brilliantly-coloured life littered with affairs with literary A-...
Gaby Frost
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Deft and funny prose, in a feather-light translation by Ted Goossen, is the signature of Hiromi Kawakami's latest collection...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
This week would have been peak summer event antics but not in 2020. However, the game is far from up; the punks and the...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Shall we talk about racism? Currently we seem to be talking about it all the time, and it’s the question non-white parents...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
It’s been a hell of a four years for Glass Animals since their last album How to Be a Human Being, from a well-deserved...
David Nice
Tuesday, 04 August 2020
So much for the assertion that nowhere in the world would be staging the big Strauss and Wagner operas for the indefinite...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 04 August 2020
During the current pandemic, stories about isolation have a particular resonance. Feelings of claustrophobia, loneliness and...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Queen, performances and production design drive this campest, funniest and sexiest of the post-Star Wars space boom. Flash...
Kelton Koch
Monday, 03 August 2020
Joining the Vienna Philharmonic as a student and young professional was an absolute thrill. I had begun to play with the...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 03 August 2020
At the age of 80, John Cleese probably doesn't care what people think of him. But then, when you were one-sixth of Monty...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 03 August 2020
Like Fantastic Negrito’s previous, Grammy-winning albums, Last Days of Oakland and Please Don’t be Dead, Have You Lost Your...
India Lewis
Sunday, 02 August 2020
It is no surprise, given her Cambridge Intellectual literary style, that Ali Smith’s Summer is multi-layered, referential,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 02 August 2020
The feather in this particular cap is a DVD of director John T. Davis’ 1979 film Shellshock Rock. Filmed from October 1978...

★★★★ GLASS ANIMALS - DREAMLAND A woozy and familiar trip into surreal pop


NEW MUSIC UNLOCKED 4 The Streets, heavy metal, punk rock and R.E.M.

★★★★ THE TALK, CHANNEL 4 Coping with the legacy of racism

★★★★ LITTLE BIRDS, SKY ATLANTIC Decadence and intrigue in 1950s Morocco

disc of the day

Album: Conrad Schnitzler & Frank Bretschneider - Con-Struct

Complete abstraction engenders a bizarre sense of familiarity


The Deceived, Channel 5 review - who's fooling who?

Confused drama can't decide whether it's a thriller or a ghost story

Little Birds, Sky Atlantic review - decadence and intrigue in 1950s Morocco

Adaption of Anaïs Nin's stories is raunchy and risqué

The Talk, Channel 4 review - coping with the legacy of racism

Black Britons discuss their personal struggles against prejudice


An American Pickle review - sweet and sour screwball comedy

Seth Rogen doubles up for a time-hopping tale that sets the past against the present

Young Ahmed review - jihadist drama misses the mark

Cannes Best Director-winner has its moments, but focuses on the wrong parts

DVD/Blu-ray: Flash Gordon

Cinematic worlds collide in a gorgeous camp classic

new music

Album: Conrad Schnitzler & Frank Bretschneider - Con-Struct

Complete abstraction engenders a bizarre sense of familiarity

New Music Unlocked 4: The Streets, heavy metal, punk rock and R.E.M.

What's worth looking out for in music online over the coming week

Album: Glass Animals - Dreamland

A woozy and familiar trip into surreal pop


Classical CDs Weekly: Bruckner, Elgar, Prokofiev

Stellar Antipodeans, English late romanticism and Soviet ballet music

Louis Schwizgebel, Fidelio Orchestra Café review – gilt-edged postcards from around the world

Sonority first in Debussy and Musorgsky, plus profound Brahms cello-and-piano surprises


Moses und Aron, Komische Oper Berlin, OperaVision review – complex and powerful memorial

Schoenberg’s opera of unanswerable questions proves a fitting Holocaust epitaph

Elektra, Salzburg Festival, Arte review - distancing, but not in the physical sense

Cold, analytical Strauss from Franz Welser-Möst and an odd array of performing styles

First Person: Antonia Bain on directing a short kitchen opera for film

Scottish Opera's digital content producer on making 'The Narcissistic Fish'


Theatre Unlocked 3: Signs of activity after a long siesta
Theatre comes to life, albeit gently, and some familiar names crop up online
Scrounger, Finborough Theatre online review – autobiography meets meta-theatre
Athena Stevens’s punchy account of how an airline trashed her wheelchair
The Merchant of Venice, BBC iPlayer review – a parable on the limits of tolerance
Polly Findlay's 2015 take on Shakespeare's trickiest comedy pays dividends


'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s 'The Rite of Spring' review - an explosive African rite

Continents collide in a film documenting an inspired re-staging of a 20th-century masterpiece

'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

visual arts

George IV: Art & Spectacle, The Queen's Gallery review - all is aglitter

A sumptuous display from the Royal Collection heralds a top class reopening

Khadija Saye: In This Space We Breathe, 236 Westbourne Grove review - a celebrated series finds new resonance

The artist's most celebrated works launch a new public art project in west London

The Golden Age of Modern Spanish Art, Colnaghi review - the sun shines in the City of Light

A celebration of little known Spanish painters as the London art world emerges again

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